How is the FIRST Robotics program funded?
The total annual cost to run FIRST programs in Kansas City is about $260,000. (See FAQ - How much does it cost to run FIRST in Kansas City each year?)
Note: This does not include the $60,000 in grants that are given out to FIRST teams each year.
About a third of the $260,000 comes from a grant to KC STEM Alliance from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This grant is part of a five year grant that was awarded in 2011 to KC STEM Alliance with a specific amount awarded to go to FIRST in Kansas City. That amount is specified to be reduced yearly where tin the final years it amounts to about $80,000 per year.
The other two-thirds of the $260,000 comes from generous local supporters in the private sector and in the non profit sector. These generous donors include Honeywell, Garmin, Cerner, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, KCP&L, Google Fiber, US Engineering, DST Systems, VML, and Show Me Controls. In the non profit sector, they include Bluescope Foundation, MRI Global, UMKC, Metropolitan Community College - Business and Technology, and APWA - Kansas City Chapter.